SEATTLE, WA, Mar 13, 2006 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced
that India's National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting
(NCMRWF) will acquire a Cray X1E(TM) supercomputer that will rank as
the subcontinent's largest and most powerful numerical weather
prediction (NWP) system. NCMRWF, an agency within India's Department
of Science and Technology located in Noida near New Delhi, recently
ordered the system through Cray partner Hinditron Infosystems, part of
The new 64-processor supercomputer will enable NCMRWF to improve
forecasting for the nation's agricultural sector and other
communities of interest by running advanced applications that
increase spatial resolution and forecast length. Scientists at NCMRWF
and similar organizations worldwide make medium-range (three to 10
days) and longer-range forecasts by using detailed global numerical
weather prediction models running on high-performance computing (HPC)
"We are looking forward to using our new Cray X1E system, as it may
help us in enhancing accuracy, consistency and range of our
medium-range global NWP guidance, as well as guidance for forecasting
high-impact weather over the country and neighborhood," said Dr. A.
K. Bohra, head of NCMRWF. "It is expected to help us improve our
Agro-Advisory Services, in which accurate, reliable,
location-specific predictions are crucial input. The new Cray system
will allow us to move to a more advanced and comprehensive data
assimilation system, facilitating enhanced use of information from
satellites, radars and other non-conventional data sources."
"The new Cray X1E installation at NCMRWF continues a technological
relationship that extends back to 1989," said Per Nyberg, Cray's
Earth Sciences Segment director. "With its strong commitment to
leading-edge technology and research, India represents a vibrant and
growing market for Cray supercomputers. Throughout the world, Cray
supercomputers are giving earth system scientists powerful tools for
accomplishing breakthrough research and providing significant
benefits to their communities."
"Hinditron Group is very pleased to be associated with Cray in
delivering the new Cray X1E system in a timely manner, thus
contributing to the important mission of providing NWP guidance to
the Indian agricultural community and other users," said Hinditron
Managing Director Saurabh Sonawala.
About the Cray X1E Supercomputer
The Cray X1E system delivers maximum performance for the world's most
challenging computational problems by combining the processor
performance of traditional vector systems with the scalability of
microprocessor-based architectures. High performance interconnect and
memory subsystems allow the Cray X1E system to scale from 16 to 8,192
processors, delivering up to 147 teraflops in a single system. The
Cray X1E supercomputer and its predecessor, the Cray X1
supercomputer, are the first vector systems designed to scale to
thousands of processors in a single system image. Go to
http://www.cray.com/products/x1e/index.html for more information.
About the India National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting
A division of India's Department of Science and Technology, NCMRWF is
India's premier institution for delivering medium-range weather
forecasting, meteorological advisories and customized forecast
products. NCMRWF serves Indian farmers through the Agro Advisory
Services, and also serves various other sectors of economy, as the
stakes for accurate weather forecast in an economy like India are
very high. The organization also carries out research and development
activities in various meteorological areas, including understanding
of the monsoon in particular and tropical weather in general. Go to
www.ncmrwf.gov.in for more information.
About Hinditron Group
Located in Mumbai, Hinditron Group has established itself as one of
the pioneering technology companies in India since its founding in
1966. Hinditron provides complete solutions to clients in a broad
spectrum of enterprises in India and internationally. These solutions
include information technology, instrumentation, telecommunication
products, video and broadband, and software products and services.
Hinditron has a strategic alliance with Cray Inc. and acts as that
company's representative in India.
About Cray Inc.
As the global leader in HPC, Cray provides innovative supercomputing
systems that enable scientists and engineers in government, industry
and academia to meet both existing and future computational
challenges. Building on years of experience in designing, developing,
marketing and servicing the world's most advanced supercomputers,
Cray offers a comprehensive portfolio of HPC systems that deliver
unrivaled sustained performance on a wide range of applications. Go
to www.cray.com for more information.
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